Bloomfield takes two from Shiprock on the road
PV sneaks by Miyamura 2-1, KC downs Thoreau 10-0
FARMINGTON – The Shiprock baseball team let the first game slip away and then couldn't gather itself in the second contest against Bloomfield on Thursday, as the Bobcats swept the hosts in a crucial doubleheader.
The 1-4A district rivals came into the day with matching 2-0 district records. The Chieftains (15-3, 2-2) were hopeful they could send a message to the reigning district champs, but instead gave up a two-run, seventh-inning lead in the first game and lost 7-5. Bloomfield then won the finale 5-2 at Shiprock High School.
With the game tied at 5 in the top of the seventh, Bobcats (10-7, 4-0) senior Kenyon Lusk came through in the clutch with a two-out, bases-loaded double. Bloomfield coach Frank DeHoyos said he felt fortunate to come away with the win.
"Don't get too high, don't get too low — that's been our motto for years," he said. "We just kind of worked on staying in the ball game. We had to do our absolute best to beat those guys. We definitely got lucky."
Shiprock got to Bloomfield starter Brendon Charley early on and received a decent pitching performance from Dylan Begay, who pitched six and two-thirds innings before the Bobcats started to square up on him.
Chieftains coach Alfred Baer said the Bloomfield comeback left his team devastated.
"I thought we played a little bit better than Bloomfield today, but we just couldn't finish the job," Baer said. "I told the team we still had a chance to win the district if we could come back and somehow beat them by a larger margin than they beat us, but we just came out flat."
Junior varsity call-up Manuel Weahkee came up huge for the Bobcats in the second game with four RBI, three of which came in the second inning.
"I think we might have taken the wind out of their sails a little bit, jumping on them early," DeHoyos said.
Shiprock's Arjay Miller went down with a left knee injury in the first game and didn't return. He'll undergo X-rays next week, but Baer said he doesn't believe the injury to be serious. The Chieftains visit Zuni (4-9, 0-2) for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
After splitting with No. 2 Hope Christian last week and then sweeping No. 3 Shiprock, Bloomfield will get a crack at taking down No. 4 Taos on Saturday in a home doubleheader. Taos topped the Bobcats 7-5 on March 17.
Piedra Vista 2, Miyamura 1
The Panthers (14-7, 2-0 District 1-5A) squeaked by Miyamura 2-1 on Thursday at Ricketts Park in a game that Piedra Vista coach Mike McGaha said was "really cleanly played on both sides."
PV committed one error — the only one of the ballgame — and received a gem of a performance from starting pitcher Fabian Magallanes.
"I thought that might have been his best outing since prior to spring break," McGaha said of Magallanes' start. "I just felt like his ball was down in the zone, and his second and third pitches were both very effective. He gave us a chance all day."
It was good for PV that Magallanes brought his stuff because the Panther bats couldn't get on the scoreboard after the first inning.
Logan Klunder and Elijah Gamboa each had an RBI in the bottom of the first, but Miyamura (9-8, 0-3) pitched well and played exceptional defense in shutting the Panthers down from the second inning on.
"We only struck out once, so that tells you a lot about how they play defense," McGaha said. "We squared up on a lot of balls that they just kept making plays on."
PV visits Aztec (13-5, 4-0) for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday.
Kirtland Central 10, Thoreau 0
Originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, Kirtland Central (11-8, 3-0 District 1-4A) played Thoreau just once on Thursday and beat the Hawks 10-0 at Kirtland Central High School.
According to KC coach Bryan Wardroup, there was a scheduling mix-up between KC and the umpires, who didn't arrive until two hours after the planned start time. The second game will instead be played in Thoreau on Tuesday, April 26.
Kesean Joe struck out four Thoreau (2-14, 0-3) batters and allowed just one hit in the contest. Joe was scratched from a start last week due to hip and lower back stiffness, but he looked just fine to Wardroup on Thursday.
"He had a hard time finding the zone early on, and he walked four guys, but he settled in in the third inning," Wardroup said. "He got the last nine batters out."
The Broncos only registered five hits but benefited from six stolen bases. They host Wingate on Tuesday for a doubleheader.
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